29 June 2005
KAUFMAN, George and Moss HART. The Man Who Came to Dinner. New York: Random House, 1939.
8o. Original tan cloth (spine and edges darkened, some light wear at spine ends); pictorial dust jacket (some darkening, a few small chips at edges, small split along front flap fold); quarter morocco folding case. Provenance: Leonard and Edith Bakrow (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY TO HIS SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW, inscribed by Kaufman on the front endpaper: "To Leonard and Edith if they still have room George December 1939." First performed at the Music Box Theatre in New York on October 16, 1939, the play is a delightful caricature of American drama critic Alexander Woollcott. The 1941 film version starred Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante, and Reginald Gardiner, among others. EXTREMELY RARE: According to American Book Prices Current, no copies (signed OR unsigned) have appeared at auction in at least the past 30 years.
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